Radiologic Technology (AS)

Instructor Angela Harrell talking to a male student about x-ray settings

Build a High Tech, High Touch Career in Two Years

USF’s radiologic technology program will give you the knowledge, skills, and connections to launch a successful career in medical imaging — all within two years! With a curriculum  that spans four semesters and two summers, you will:

  • Work alongside radiologic technologists at 13 clinical sites, starting your first semester
  • Study with caring professors, who work as professionals in the field
  • Learn the latest technology in our on-campus laboratory
  • Launch a career that blends technology with patient care

The program has a great set of staff and educators that really care about each student’s success. I enjoyed the small class sizes that provided more one on one teacher attention. You are more than just a number here. The 13 clinical sites offer opportunities to grow and experience many different working environments that helped me know what I wanted for my ideal career setting.

Ashley Koenn
Class of 2019

Bonus!

Radiologic technology graduates can potentially earn a bachelor’s degree in Health Services in one additional year. Plus, the program is online so you can work as a radiologic technologist throughout.

Building Skills & Confidence

Before starting at clinical sites, students develop skills in our on-site state-of-the-art labs. USF facilities include

  • Digital X-Ray Lab: where students master imaging software and positioning skills
  • SIM Lab: where students experience code blue and trauma simulations

Academic Plan

An academic plan is a general blueprint showing how one might complete the degree, semester by semester.

Female USF student and professor examining an x-ray

Career Outlook & Success

100%

Pass Rate on ARRT exam — for more than 20 years!

98.6%

Employment Rate: Our graduates get work — immediately upon graduation!

13%

Expected job growth in radiologic technology careers by 2026 (faster than average)

Professor Donna Lyke watching a student position the overhead x-ray machine

Explore Specializations & Find your Fit

Our 13 clinical sites will expose you to specializations within the field, helping you discover and develop the perfect career.

Clinical Sites

  • Adams Memorial Hospital
  • Lutheran Hospital
  • VA Northern Indiana Health Care System
  • RediMed
  • The Imaging Center
  • Lutheran Hospital Medical Imaging
  • Ortho Northeast: Fort Wayne Clinton Street
  • Ortho Northeast: Fort Wayne Southwest
  • Ortho Northeast: Fort Wayne North
  • Parkview Huntington Hospital
  • Parkview Whitley Hospital
  • Dekalb Health
  • Dupont Hospital

Accreditation

The University of Saint Francis Radiography program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.

A site visit was conducted in June of 2017. The program was awarded an eight-year accreditation with an Interim Report due 2021 and the next visit scheduled for 2025.

The program has developed a mission statement, goals and student learning outcomes that guide the program’s curriculum development, evaluation and assessment practices. In addition, the performance of the program is reflected through various program effectiveness data as defined, collected and reported by the accrediting body which is the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) located at 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182, 312-704-5300, www.jrcert.org.

Program Effectiveness

Program effectiveness data includes the program completion rate, credentialing examination pass rate and job placement rate. Explanations of each of these measures is provided below along with corresponding program data. Questions about the data should be directed to the Department Chair. The data can also be found at www.jrcert.org.

The radiography program’s 2018 annual report to the JRCERT is reflected in the following:

Completion Rate

This is the annual measurement of the number of students that began the program divided by the number of students that actually completed the program. The program’s completion rate for the Class of 2018– 61% (23 entering/14 completing). Fifteen (15) students completed within the 150% length established by the JRCERT.

Credentialing Examination

This is the number of students that pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination on the first attempt. The following represents the program’s credentialing data:

  • 2018: 13 testing – 100% pass rate
  • 5-year average pass rate (2014-2018): 100% pass rate; 69 graduates testing696 passing on first attempt

Job Placement Rate

The program’s 5-year job placement (2014-2018) is 100%. This is the percentage of graduates actively seeking a position and those that gain employment in the radiology field the year after completing the program. During this five-year period, 66 graduates actively sought employment, and 66 were employed within the specified time period.

Job Placement Rate is calculated using only the number of graduates who are actively seeking employment which may differ from the number of graduates posted in the program completion rate. Those graduates not actively seeking employment are not included in the Job Placement Rate data. The JRCERT has defined “not actively seeking employment” as:

  1. Graduate fails to communicate with program officials on employment status after multiple attempts, OR
  2. Graduate is unwilling to seek employment that requires relocation, OR
  3. Graduate is unwilling to accept employment due to salary or hours, OR
  4. Graduate is on active military duty, AND/OR
  5. Graduate is continuing their education.

Mission & Purpose Statement

Mission

The Department of Radiologic Technology at the University of Saint Francis engages diverse, lifelong learners in an atmosphere of academic and clinical excellence permeated by Franciscan values. The department exists to support and serve the profession of radiologic technology in its growth and development within the healthcare community.

Purpose Statement

Consistent with the mission statement, the specific purposes of the program are to:

  • Prepare individuals for entry level radiologic technology practice as as radiographers with knowledge and experience in the specialized areas of radiology.
  • Deliver a competency-based curriculum and instructional delivery system, which stresses the application of theory to the realities of the clinical setting.
  • Develop habits of critical thinking and scholarship that leads to effective practice.
  • Provide the foundational knowledge and experience in various healthcare settings for the development of effective communication skills.
  • Assist students in internalizing the values, attitudes and professional behaviors necessary to promote the standards of the profession.

Students Learning Goals & Outcome Statements

Students and graduates of the Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology program will:

  1. Demonstrate clinical competency in the performance of entry-level medical radiography procedures.
    • Outcome #1 – Utilize knowledge and skills gained to appropriately position procedures identified in the clinical competency program.
    • Outcome #2 – Practice radiation protection principles.
    • Outcome #3 – Provide patient care in an age appropriate, culturally diverse and compassionate manner.
  2. Improve practice through a process of discovery, analysis and application.
    • Outcome #1 – Demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills in the evaluation of image variables.
    • Outcome #2 – Develop habits of critical thinking and scholarship that leads to effective practice.
  3. Communicate effectively in the healthcare setting.
    • Outcome #1 – Demonstrate effective verbal communication skills.
    • Outcome #2 – Demonstrate appropriate written communication skills.
  4. Display behaviors, including the practice of life-long learning, for potential growth and advancement in the profession.
    • Outcome #1 – Develop the foundational skills and channels for practicing effective life-long learning.

Certification & Registration

Certification and registration for the radiologic technology profession is provided by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). The ARRT is the only national certifying agency recognized by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT), the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the American Medical Association (AMA).

Licensure

In the state of Indiana, legislation prohibits the operation of X-ray equipment by unqualified personnel. You must be certified through the Indiana State Department of Health to seek employment as a radiologic technologist in this state. In addition, you must obtain a permit to enroll in the clinical courses of the Radiologic Technology program at the University of Saint Francis. You will file an application for a permit during your first clinical course.When you pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) examination, you will automatically qualify for state certification upon submission of an application and payment of the licensing fee. If you plan to seek employment outside of Indiana, you will need to research the requirements for holding a license in each state. Program advisers can assist you in investigating this information during the last summer session.

Health & Safety Standards

Mammography Policy StatementThe following is the Program’s clarification of educational practices surrounding the didactic and clinical instruction of breast imaging. In doing so, this represents no change or revision to our current method of delivery. It should also be noted that mammography is not a required competency for certification in radiography, nor is it required in the Program’s accepted curriculum model or the curriculum grid analysis of the Program’s accrediting body.

Breast Imaging will be taught in the Radiologic Technology program’s curriculum in the second fall semester in RAD 265 – Advanced and Therapeutic Modalities. All enrolled students, male and female, will receive a reading assignment, lecture instruction as well as a clinical laboratory demonstration of equipment and general procedure. Each student must complete a clinical checklist during the second year of the program.

In the clinical setting, mammography will not be a required rotation of any student. All students are eligible for an elective rotation the last summer session providing they have accomplished identified goals of the program’s clinical competency program. During the elective rotation, students may choose the area for the rotation and are required to secure the site for the experience, as well as, providing the Clinical Coordinator with the identified information. The Clinical Coordinator will communicate with the site in regards to expectations and evaluation of this experience.  Students do not assist in or perform any aspects of patient care if this is an observational site.

MRI Safety

Students that are pursuing a career in Radiography/MRI must be fully aware that MRI machines generate a very strong magnetic field within and surrounding the MR scanner. The magnetic field is ALWAYS on. Students while at one of our clinical sites must comply with that institution’s policies and procedures for safe operation. Carrying ferromagnetic articles or introducing them to the MRI scanning area is strictly prohibited. These objects can become projectiles within the scanning room causing serious injury or death and/or equipment failure.

Items that need to be removed are:

  • Purse, wallet, money clip, credit cards or other cards with magnetic strips
  • Electronic devices
  • Hearing Aids
  • Metallic jewelry, watcher
  • Pens, paperclips, keys, nail clippers, coins, pocket knives
  • Hair barrettes, hairpins
  • Any article of clothing that has a metallic zipper, buttons, snaps, hooks or under-wires
  • Shoes, belt buckles, safety pins

Pregnancy Advising Information

In accordance with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NCR) Regulatory Guide 8.13, this information explaining protection measures to employ if pregnant, is being provided to you as a future program student. The decision as to whether a female student declares pregnancy is considered to be voluntary. Should a student declare pregnancy, the declaration must be in writing and document the estimated date of conception.  The Program faculty, upon notification of student pregnancy, will provide further information and counseling to the student.  In addition, this information will also be discussed in the program’s clinical education orientation.

Students who become pregnant while enrolled in the clinical portion of the program have the following options available for progression:

  • Voluntary Declaration
    • Voluntarily declare the pregnancy to the Department in writing and submit a statement from their physician which states the estimated date of confinement and the student continues in the program while meeting all program technical standards.
    • Upon receipt of this statement, the student will be required to purchase a second personnel radiation monitoring device to be positioned under the protective apron at waist level. This badge will be labeled fetal dose. The fetal dose shall not exceed 50 mrem/month throughout the gestation.
  • Voluntary Non-Declaration
    • Voluntary non-declaration of pregnancy to the Department in writing retracts the pregnancy declaration and the student continues in the program while meeting all program technical standards.
    • Due to the non-declaration of pregnancy, no additional radiation monitoring device will be utilized.
  • Leave of Absence
    • Pregnant students that are unable to meet the program’s technical requirements are subject to the terms outlined in the department’s leave of absence policy.
    • All pre-requisites and co-requisite requirements of the program curriculum must be met.
    • Absence of more than one year will require the student to reapply to the program. Consideration will be given to previous coursework successfully completed.

The pregnant student should follow acceptable practices of radiation protection, specifically:

  • ALARA (as low as is reasonably achievable) and principles of radiation protection
  • Minimize exposure time
  • Maximize distance
  • Utilize available shielding
  • Do not turn back to X-ray while wearing an apron or wear a wrap-around apron.

This will be reviewed with the student and documentation of review will be placed in the student’s permanent file.

*This form is provided to students during the initial program registration process prior to enrollment.

Pregnancy Policy: Student Pregnancy Policy 8.7

Information defining and explaining the “Declared Pregnant Worker” has been established by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in 10 CFR Part 20.1003. This information is on the program’s website and reviewed during advising and included in the clinical orientation component of the program. Information explaining protection measures to employ if pregnant are provided during the program’s orientation.

The decision as to whether a female student declares pregnancy is considered to be voluntary. Should a student declare pregnancy, the declaration must be in writing and document the estimated date of conception. (Form 8.7.1) Upon receipt of this statement, the student will be required to purchase a second personnel radiation monitoring device to be positioned under the protective apron at waist level.  The badge will be labeled fetal dose.  The fetal dose shall not exceed .5 rem (5 mSv) during the entire gestation as stated in the NCR guidelines.

The Program faculty, upon notification of student pregnancy, will provide further information (outlined on Form 8.7.2) and counseling to the student. (Form 8.7.3) The counseling reviews with the pregnant student acceptable practices of radiation protection, specifically: 1) ALARA and principles of radiation protection; 2) minimize exposure time; 3) maximize distance; 4) utilize available shielding; 5) do not turn back to x-ray while wearing apron or wear a wraparound apron.

In addition, the student must submit a statement from their physician which provides the date of confinement and that the student can continue to meet all technical standards. This statement will be documented in the student file and the student continues without modification. If at any point the declared pregnant student decides to undeclare pregnancy (which is possible under 10 CFR Part 20) that decision must also be in writing to the Program Director/Chair which sets forth the effective date of the change in declaration so that fetal monitoring may be discontinued.

Pregnant students that are unable to meet the program’s technical requirements are subject to the terms outlines in the department’s leave of absence policy. All pre-requisites and co-requisite requirements of the program curriculum must be met.  Absence of more than one year will require the student to reapply to the program. Consideration will be given to previous coursework successfully completed. Counseling also involves a review of the pregnant student’s clinical rotation schedule reassignment options may be agreed upon in order to reduce any potential exposure.

Radiation Monitoring & Safety: Q & A

Do X-rays pose danger?

X-rays can be dangerous if used improperly. The risk is significantly lowered when you use ionizing radiation in a safe and cautious manner. It is your responsibility to ensure that patients, coworkers, and you are protected from radiation as much as possible. The Department of Radiologic Technology at the University of Saint Francis stresses the use of time, distance and shielding to accomplish low levels of radiation exposure. This means we minimize the time spent in the X-ray field, maximize our distance and use shielding whenever possible.

Do radiologic technologists wear Lead aprons?

If you have been to a hospital and witnessed radiographers at work, you will often see them wearing lead aprons or gloves. Simple guidelines such as wearing these protective devices protect radiology personnel from receiving any unnecessary exposure to radiation.

How will my radiation dose be monitored?

To help ensure that all Radiologic Technology students enrolled in the clinical portion of the program are learning in a safe working environment, the amount of radiation received is monitored. You will be issued a radiation dosimeter badge. You are required to pay for the radiation monitoring badge and payment is included in Radiologic Technology course fees.

The Department of Radiologic Technology’s student radiation exposure guidelines are in accordance with the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP). The NCRP states, “The primary goal is to keep radiation exposure of the individual well below a level at which adverse effects are likely to be observed during his lifetime. Another objective is to minimize the incidence of genetic effects.” The department has guidelines and policies in place to ensure that every effort is being made to keep your dose of radiation at the lowest level possible.

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Program Director

Heather Lortie
hlortie@sf.edu
260-399-7700 ext. 8567